||One of the most important resources voters need to make
informed choices on Election Day is campaign finance data. Voters who "follow
the money" can quickly find out which interest groups are backing a particular
candidate or proposition.
The California Voter Foundation is dedicated to helping the public gain timely access
to reliable campaign finance disclosure data, and has been at the forefront of the
movement to advance Internet disclosure of these crucial public records since 1995.
(For more information about CVF's efforts in this area, visit the Digital
Sunlight and Campaign Disclosure
Project web sites.)
Voters now have access to more online disclosure resources than ever before. On this
page you will find a directory of CVF's "Follow the Money" projects, as
well as links to other recommended web sites offering reliable, nonpartisan disclosure
California Data (Propositions,
legislative races, statewide officers, state parties & PACs, lobbyist disclosure)
California's Online Disclosure Act requires state candidates who raise
or spend $50,000 or more to disclose their campaign finance reports over the Internet
with the Secretary of State. Once filed electronically, the Secretary of State immediately
places these records on the Internet. California's online disclosure program is called
"CAL-ACCESS", and much more information about this program is available
from the Secretary of State's web site.
Historical State Data
(Presidential Election, U.S. Senate Races, U.S.
There are excellent online disclosure resources for federal contests.
The FEC's web site offers both electronic disclosure data and scanned images of federal
paper disclosure reports on its web site. For reliable analysis of federal campaign
money, CVF recommends the Center for Responsive Politics.
| Local Data
On the local level, a few jurisdictions in California have electronic
filing and online disclosure programs. For most local contests, however, voters still
need to visit their local elections office to view paper campaign finance disclosure
records. If you know of a web site with local campaign finance information that should
be included below, please contact us.